Continental Exhibition, second notice
|Topic||Continental Exhibition, second notice|
|Standards||PRB aesthetic standards|
|Notes||"Repulsive, ugly" vogue caricaturing of Catholic clergy.|
77 April 21 Academy
Continental Exhibition, second notice.
Rossetti, William M. "The Continental Exhibition." Academy (April 21, 1877): 304. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.
Rossetti proposes to finish off the commentary in this exhibition quickly of necessity, as "others are opening in all directions." He critiques a French work as "a repulsively ugly specimen, clever though it undoubtedly is, of that art, now much in vogue," whose purpose Rossetti says is to caricature the Catholic clergy.
Rossetti provides both qualitative and quantitative critique of several French, Spanish and German works, examining the painters' schemes, execution and effect.
A major flaw Rossetti notes is the style that mutes expression on faces and even settings or scenery in favor of a uniform polish that Rossetti finds unmeaning: "When one looks from face to face, one finds them all fatally mask-like, uniform, and unmeaning, and the figures are but little better than the faces. The whole thing is toned down to a pale, husky vaporousness of meaning, which may look 'ideal' to some spectators, but they must be rather guileless folk."
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